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Transforming public services in Wales

Jane Hutt, Minister for Business and Budget, has announced the go-ahead for three innovative projects to improve the way public services are delivered in Wales.

Announcing the projects at a meeting of the Efficiency and Innovation Board today, Jane Hutt said,

"These projects will support our continued drive to identify innovative ways of delivering efficient public services – particularly important given the current financial climate.”

“Firstly, I am delighted to announce an £11million investment to transform public sector procurement in Wales. The 5 year project – ‘Transforming Procurement through Home-Grown Talent’ – will raise procurement skills across the public sector and ensure we get the most for Wales from the £4.3 billion spent by the public sector each year. The project has secured the backing of £5.7million from the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund.

"Secondly, I am pleased to announce that the National Health Service has taken the pioneering decision to roll out the xchangewales e-Trading procurement function across the service in Wales.  Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is leading the way with their e-Trading system, which went live last week – and is expected to generate significant savings for the NHS.

"Thirdly, I am able to announce that we are opening the next phase of our Invest-to-Save Fund – with a new focus to ensure alignment with the strategic work of the Efficiency and Innovation Board.’

"There are many excellent examples of innovative Invest-to-Save projects already underway across Wales supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, such as the Cardiff & Vale UHB’s “Mobile Solutions” project which I visited this morning. This project will provide a mobile ICT working solution for nurses and therapists working in the community and will bring about real improvements in productivity, efficiency as well as in the quality and safety of care.”

"Projects such as this can make a real difference and I am today calling on public sector organisations to bring forward project proposals that could be developed to achieve further improvements and efficiencies in public service delivery.

"Earlier today the First Minister Carwyn Jones visited Morriston Hospital at the start of his tour around Wales to meet frontline public sector workers. This direct feedback from the people who deliver the services, together with the announcements I have made today, demonstrate how we are taking a collaborative approach to protecting and improving our public services despite the current economic and financial constraints.”

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